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Uber to exploit flying taxis

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by voyager, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. voyager

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    Uber will launch flying taxis in Texas and Dubai by 2020, the company's chief product officer Jeff Holden has announced at the Uber Elevate Summit. Using small electric VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft, Uber will charge passengers $1.32 per mile (about £1.03 at current rates).
    Uber flying taxi cars to take to skies in 2020 | Autocar

    What do you think? Is this a viable new way for Tesla to expand business (instead of Musk's tunneling ideas)?
    Musk has been speculating about flying cars too in the past.
     
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    I recall Elon saying more than once that he thinks "flying cars" are a bad idea. My impression is that it is not something he is interested in.

    I think his goal of dramatically lowering tunneling costs is worthwhile. Putting transportation underground is the logical approach for cities. London and Manhattan started doing it over a century ago and it is essential to making those area work. LA could definitely benefit. And the Hyperloop would be better placed underground for a variety of reasons.
     
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    Other than a carnival ride it's a pretty stupid idea for mass transportation. Density issues, wind velocities between tall buildings, power wires, fog, footprint per passenger, power efficiency, etc.

    But I love the price. That's about the cost per mile just for permission to drive on the King's Highway (Fastrak) in California and you supply the car, and there is no guarantee it's not gridlocked.
     
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    Both tunneling and hyperloop require vast amounts of prior investments in infrastructure to make them happen.
    Don't know if governments will be eager to commit themselves.
    Flying cars or flying taxis are 'standalone modalities'. The main investment is in realizing them technologically.
    Rules and regulations come next.
     
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    @voyager this prototype electric VTOL vehicle Lilium is being discussed in the Electric Plane thread on TMC. It may interest you.
     
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    I know of Lilium. Several media mentioned those guys. So far, it's closest to a flying taxi Uber likes to see being developed.
    It is not a flying car though.
     
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    I agree that the Ilium is not a "flying car". At this point there are no flying cars, and I'm doubtful there will be any in use for decades.
     
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    There is a way, and it has already been verified.
    Question is if Musk would be interested if it is better than all concepts seen so far...
     

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